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September 25th, 2013
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Police from numerous agencies surrounded an area on the west side of Newport City in response to reports of an armed gunman who may have held members of his family hostage. A standoff, which began before 6 a.m., ended around 11:30 when the suspect was taken into custody.
A witness contacted the newspaper to report that a gunman had been seen in the woods near Highland Avenue. All residents in the Highland Avenue area, including West Main and Pleasant Street, have been asked to evacuate.
BARTON â€“ Dave McCausland and Sue Stenta, owners of Needless Things Vermont, are pickers with a good cause. While they do operate a for profit company, much of the focus is to sort out items that can be donated to people in need.
â€śWe collect unwanted items all over Vermont, even down south,â€ť said McCausland. â€śPeople call and we'll pick it up. Most of the material we collect is in the area.â€ť
Read about this couple and the way they help others in Tuesday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 24. 2013.
NEWPORT CENTER â€“ Phyllis Joy Hammond is an artist and a naturalist, and it's her love of nature that dominates her many sketches and paintings, including those in her books "Traveling with Wildflowers from Newfoundland to Alaska" and "Through the Eyes of the Children - Traveling with the Artist."
In her latest work, "Through the Eyes of the Children," Phyllis marries her sketches of mountains, rivers and plains to the poetry and prose of local elementary school students from Coventry, Holland, Newport Center, Newport City, and Troy.
BARTON â€“ In 1997, the Legislature passed a new education funding mechanism, Act 60, which ensures, â€śAll Vermont children will be afforded educational opportunities that are substantially equal in quality.â€ť Act 60 also includes the School Quality Standards (SQS), which governed class size, required programs, hours needed to complete an accredited program, and other criteria.
For more of this story, read Monday's edition of The Newport Daily Express for Sept. 23, 2013.
DERBY â€“ Ronney Lyster, owner of Northpoint Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram and the Auto Saver Group, kicked off the 2013 Hungerfest Friday by donating $10,000 to Northeast Kingdom Community Action (NEKCA).
Proceeds will benefit NEKCA's Hungerfest, a food drive for the local food shelf. Other businesses such as Fred's Plumbing and Heating donated to NEKCA as well. NEKCA is planning a variety show at the Haskell Opera House Saturday, Oct. 19 to raise money. As of Friday, committee members had lined up Mark Shelton, Tony O'Connor, Tod Pronto, Deveney Choquette, and Wayne Warner.
COVENTRY â€“ Things will by flying at the Newport State Airport this weekend as Dan Gauvin, owner of Lake View Aviation, presents a mini air show in conjunction of the Parker Pie Wings Restaurant grand opening. Dan Marcotte and Hugh Shickle will perform aerobatic tricks in the mid-afternoon to celebrate the opening of the restaurant.
For the rest of this story, see Friday's Newport Daily Express for Sept. 20, 2013.
DERBY LINE â€“ Fernando Beltran is on the hunt. He turns his Chevy Tahoe from a main road in Holland, Vermont, onto a narrow, winding dirt road that runs along the Vermontâ€“Quebec border, a road that many people probably donâ€™t even notice as they speed past.
Although deer and deer hunters are a common sight along the rural, forested border region, Beltran is not hunting for deer. Instead, he is hunting for drug smugglers and other people trying to enter the United States illegally. He is a United States Border Patrol agent.
COVENTRY â€“ Selectmen met with neighboring town officials Wednesday to discuss fire coverage.
Coventry doesn't have its own fire department. Instead, it pays Newport City, Newport Center, Orleans, and Irasburg per firefighter who responds to a scene. It also pays per piece of apparatus used at a scene. Now Coventry officials hope to pay an annual base fee to help the department with its operating budget.
NEWPORT CITY â€“ Retailers who have a presence at the Waterfront Plaza will have a place to call home until at least January 2016.
Tony Pomerleau, property owner and Burlington developer, and Bill Stenger, president and co-owner of Jay Peak Resort, have been in talks about entering a buy-sell agreement for several years. The plan is to raze the structures on the property and build a new convention center and hotel with suites, restaurants, and retail stores. Â
NEWPORT, VT â€“ Throughout Vermont, community members are bucking the trend of large grocery stores and food chains and choosing something closer to home: community gardens. From one end of the state to the other, in towns, cities, and on school property, adults and children are learning how to grow local produce that is healthy to eat. More importantly, they are learning skills necessary for community involvement, interaction and education, and the joy of digging in the dirt and watching something grow and mature.